Submitted by City of Tenino
Mayor Wayne Fournier of the City of Tenino recently received the Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Mayor Fournier completed over 60 hours of training credits and 30 hours of community service credits to earn this distinction. Since the program’s inception in 1997, over 1000 municipal leaders have earned the basic Certificate of Municipal Leadership, but Mayor Fournier is one of just 300 such leaders to earn the Advanced Certificate.
The CML program is designed to enhance the ability of elected municipal officials by providing knowledge and skills to effectively operate within the law, plan for the future, secure and manage funds, and foster community and staff relationships. To earn this certificate, he had to attend a variety of AWC-sponsored municipal workshops like: Elected Officials Essentials, Municipal Budgeting & Fiscal Management, Short Course on Local Planning, and Ethics in Government (among others). The courses help mayors and councilmembers learn the essentials of municipal service and improve their ability to work with council colleagues, city staff, and citizens.
Mayor Fournier was elected Tenino’s Mayor in November of 2015; he began serving as Mayor on January 1, 2016. He was elected while serving the last few months of his 4-year term as a Tenino City Councilmember. In addition to being the Mayor, he is also a full-time Firefighter for the City of Aberdeen, Washington. He is a life-long citizen of Tenino, where he resides with his daughter, Sage.
The AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies. Membership is voluntary; however, AWC maintains 100% participation from Washington’s 281 cities and towns. The goal of AWC is to create and maintain livable cities and towns throughout the state.